There are going to be some tough school closing conversations over the next few weeks and months, and a lot of shouting and finger-pointing, but let's leave that for next week. My question to start things off this weekend is whether there are any relatively easy school closing decisions in the mix -- "slam dunk" schools with ridiculously low enrollments and lots of nearby options? Surely there have to be a bunch of those. I'll start things off below.Just to get things started, I propose that we close/consolidate the 20 schools with the smallest student enrollments, and the 20 schools with the lowest utilization rates.
I call this the "Fast 40."
To play the Fast 40, you can take a school off the list, but you have to propose an alternative to take it's place.
Or, if you have a school to nominate, you can do so and then take a school off the underutilized/smallest enrollment list.
Complaining about the idea of closing schools in the first place, or the lameness of CPS, the utilization formula or of this exercise, is not allowed on this comment thread unless you (a) give your name and school or (b) nominate a school for closing.
Wildcard: You can, however, propose re-opening a former CPS school that has unfairly been shuttered (say, Washburne, or Manual, or Loretto). But we may all laugh at you.
Using this method, I'm sure that by Monday we can send our list to Byrd-Bennett and she will thank us.